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DETROIT (AP) Montreal coach Claude Julien acknowledged the Canadiens can benefit by losing [url=http://www.starsshoponline.com/authentic-tyler-pitlick-jersey]Youth Tyler Pitlick Jersey[/url] , increasing their chances in the NHL draft lottery.Julien, though, insisted coaches and players are wired to win and refuse to compete with any other goal in mind.Nicolas Deslauriers second goal put Montreal ahead late in the second period and they held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Thursday night.The Original Six teams are out of the playoff race, finishing up the season playing only for pride.Both teams want to win. Its engrained in us, Julien said. Ive been told I can honestly tell you to try to win every game we can.Antti Niemi had 23 saves for the Canadiens, started in place of struggling star Carey Price.Detroits Jared Coreau stopped 24 shots, giving Jimmy Howard the night off.Montreal took advantage of the Red Wings turning the puck over, including early in the third period when Artturi Lehkonen scored to create a two-goal cushion.Were always trying to force turnovers and play a fastbreak game, Lehkonen said. We got some opportunities and we did a good job finishing them.Darren Helm scored less than a minute later to pull Detroit within a goal, but it couldnt score again to extend the game.Montreal had won just two of its previous 10 games and will miss the playoffs for the second time in three years.Im not used to losing. I dont like to lose [url=http://www.starsshoponline.com/authentic-tyler-seguin-jersey]Womens Tyler Seguin Jersey[/url] , Julien said. But at the same time, I have to be objective and look at the situation and there were some challenges along the way that we didnt expect, a number of injuries, and players having to move up in the lineup in areas they werent quite ready for.The Red Wings have lost two straight and 15 of their last 19 games. They will be relegated to watching the postseason for a second consecutive season after earning a spot in the playoffs 25 straight times.Weve found ways to lose too many times this year, Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson said. We lost a lot of one-goal games after leading games in the third. And, its just not acceptable that we didnt close out more games.The storied franchises hope theyre fortunate enough to get the No. 1 pick overall to likely draft Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin.Detroit wants to rebuild around Dylan Larkin, who split two Canadiens on a rush and beat Niemi with a backhander late in the first to make it 1-all after Deslauriers had his first goal early in the game.Dylan continues to build his game, Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. That goal, I think, is a good sign for us.Tyler Bertuzzi put the Red Wings ahead early in the second [url=http://www.coyotesproshop.com/authentic-oliver-ekman-larsson-jersey]http://www.coyotesproshop.com/authentic-oliver-ekman-larsson-jersey[/url] , but they lost the lead as they have many times this season.Brendan Gallagher pulled the Canadiens into a tie midway through the second period and Deslauriers 10th put them ahead with 5:21 left in the period.Its been a tough year so this was a nice bonus at the end of the year, Deslauriers said.NOTES: Montreal D Jeff Petry was cheered on by at least one fan in the stands. His father, Dan Petry, an 18-game winner for the 1984 World Series champion Detroit Tigers, attended the game. Coreau, who has spent much of the season in the AHL, is 0-5 with the Red Wings this season. Gallagher has a team-high 31 goals, a double-digit lead over the rest of his teammates and seven more goals than he scored in any of his previous five seasons. Larkin has a five-game points streak.UP NEXTCanadiens: Wrap up the season Saturday night at Toronto.Red Wings: End the season at home against the New York Islanders on Saturday night. The NHL is staging more exhibition games in China this fall, hoping to make further inroads in establishing hockey as a sport in the worlds most populous nation.The Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames will face off Sept. 15 in Shenzhen in southeast China and then again Sept. 19 in Beijing in the second incarnation of the China Games.The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks played preseason games in Shanghai and Beijing last September, the NHLs first foray there.China represents an as-yet untapped resource for the NHL [url=http://www.bruinsshoponline.com/authentic-anders-bjork-jersey]http://www.bruinsshoponline.com/authentic-anders-bjork-jersey[/url] , especially ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.Commissioner Gary Bettman has so far been noncommittal about the NHL going to the 2022 Games after skipping South Korea this year, but the work is already underway in China, where the NBA has had a presence for decades.I think there is an enthusiasm to grow the sport, first at the grassroots level, but I think bringing games there and bringing NHL teams there and NHL players helps kind of support the story fr om the top down, as well, deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press by phone Wednesday.Its really a two-pronged approach wh ere youre trying to build hockey infrastructure in a society thats never really had any and then in order to drive that, youre bringing hockey at its highest level so that people can appreciate what the sport can look like.Growing youth hockey and bringing NHL games to China is the plan, but from the leagues perspective, its not a three-pronged approach tied to Olympic participation.I was there in the spring and we had lots of discussions with officials at all levels to talk about the development of hockey and how we can work together [url=http://www.bruinsshoponline.com/authentic-brad-marchand-jersey]http://www.bruinsshoponline.com/authentic-brad-marchand-jersey[/url] , and those are things that were working on, Bettman said last month.Not once did we get asked about the Olympics in 2022. Im not sure if were helping develop the game particularly at the grassroots level and giving them our software, if you will, whether or not we play for two weeks makes a difference.The league is working with local authorities to develop hockey programs as the government of the country with a population of 1.3 billion aims to have 300 million participants in winter sports by 2022. The Bruins made visits each of the past two summers to participate in hockey camps.Over the past three years we have collaborated with (businessman Zhou Yunjie) on growing the game both within the Chinese community in Boston and with youth hockey players in China, Bruins president Cam Neely said.We look forward to continuing these efforts by bringing Bruins hockey to China with these two preseason games.Shenzhens location close to Hong Kong, its burgeoning population and its world-class facility thats home to the two China-based Canadian Womens Hockey League teams made it a natural fit along with Beijing for NHL preseason action. More cities are in the running in the future, which could at some point include regular-season games.Part of it is exposing the sport in different major cities throughout the country, Daly said.These games over the next number of years are going to hit different locations, and well see whats worked well and what can be improved and its very much kind of a learning process for us.Hockey in China is one big learning process, and the NHL is in the early stages of its assistance.China is ramping up its hockey programs with an eye toward the 2022 Olympics [url=http://www.bruinsshoponline.com/authentic-david-krejci-jersey]http://www.bruinsshoponline.com/authentic-david-krejci-jersey[/url] , but that doesnt mean the NHL is a sure thing to go. Daly said the league sees hockey in China and the NHL at the Beijing Olympics as mutually exclusive.Our philosophy is one that isnt necessarily connected to the other, Daly said. I dont think the fact that we want to grow our presence in China and grow hockeys presence in China necessarily means we have to be in the Olympics. But it doesnt necessarily preclude us from being there if ultimately we want to be.Bettman noted that Germany reached the gold medal game at the non-NHL Olympics in February, and wondered if staying out would actually be beneficial.Maybe the Chinese would have more success in 2022 in being competitive if were not there, Bettman said. A lot of variables to be considered.One of those variables that could help the NHL return to the Olympics for the sixth time would be the Chinese government pushing for it. Sochi was an example of that.I think it could happen, but even if that was something that they weighed in on, Im not sure at the end of the day that would be a determining factor for us, Daly said.I think there are a whole host of factors. Its not just about kind of the conditions under which we go. Its all the other things that are associated with Olympic participation, including whats happening back here in North America.Sports Deputy Editor for Newsgathering Howie Rumberg in New York contributed.
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